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Old 01-19-2012, 03:59 PM
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Car Project Attention Deficit Disorder ADD

I think I have this. Any One else? My symptons are:

More than one project in process.

Cant stick to working on one car at a time until finished. Even though I Try.

When finished, well their never really finished, only finished enough to have all its parts attached and be drivable.

Cant finish because money is spread too thin on too many things.

Procrastinate because too many projects.

get depressed because can never finish anything.

constantly Search for more projects.

Want to buy more cars because the projects are taking so long.

Want more projects, and have great leads on real deals of special cars I want.

I could work on cars more before I had children, now I can barely get an hour clear

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Old 01-19-2012, 04:28 PM
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I think I have this. Any One else? My symptons are:

More than one project in process.
Check.


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Cant stick to working on one car at a time until finished. Even though I Try.
Kinda sorta...


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When finished, well their never really finished, only finished enough to have all its parts attached and be drivable.
Umm, too early to say...


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Cant finish because money is spread too thin on too many things.
Yeah, that's happened.


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Procrastinate because too many projects.

get depressed because can never finish anything.
Yep, had those moments...


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constantly Search for more projects.

Want to buy more cars because the projects are taking so long.

Want more projects, and have great leads on real deals of special cars I want.
Oooh yeah

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I could work on cars more before I had children, now I can barely get an hour clear
Gonna have to get back to ya on that one...



So, what's me diagnosis then?
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I think I have this. Any One else? My symptons are:

More than one project in process.

Cant stick to working on one car at a time until finished. Even though I Try.

When finished, well their never really finished, only finished enough to have all its parts attached and be drivable.

Cant finish because money is spread too thin on too many things.

Procrastinate because too many projects.

get depressed because can never finish anything.

constantly Search for more projects.

Want to buy more cars because the projects are taking so long.

Want more projects, and have great leads on real deals of special cars I want.

I could work on cars more before I had children, now I can barely get an hour clear
over here, right here, me, me, me
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Yep I'm holding my hand up high.....................I'm a bonified member of this club.

Although I have started prioritizing. Started with 30 or more 6 years ago and have whittled it down to 10 of the nicest ones I had, none of which had a wrench turned on them in several years.

The good of this, I have started the rebuild on a '73 F350 Camper Special, that until it's ready to haul projects and or cruise the show scenes nothing else gets touched...................... Did I say that out loud?????????

Tony
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I feel your pain, check , check, check, check and double check!

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Me too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All the above.





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Old 01-21-2012, 10:34 AM
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Been there done that ( I call it burn out ) Im all enthused when I pick up something new and I Work on it late nights` & long week ends , besides 60 & 70 hr. work weeks! I Get burned out . I put em off Then I watch something like American Graffiti and get inspired and go through it all over again! Ive got 3 projects going now!! I haven't touched my vette in almost a year (just needs paint and detailing) been driving it in sealer, and Every once and a while I scuff it and change the color of sealer (Its fun to drive, fast, and still take trophies at shows)

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Wow!!
You guys are a lot like me,if u look at my pictures I started that Camaro 6 years ago or so.give and take a year!
In the meantime I decided to build a pick up 1991 C1500 that only took 6 months but then I decided to pull the SB out of the Camaro n put in pick up n uild a BB for the Camaro.
I scatter tools n parts all over the place n then cant find them n that depresses me,I go down to the garage n start doin something and think of 200 other things to do.
I watch people build cars in a week on T.V, or watch the car auctions on TV
n sometimes that gets me motivated.
I do something n think its not to my liking and take it back apart n re-do it,I look at thigs Ive re-done n still find flaws with them.
But I keep pluggin at it.
It all gets done in the end but Im never really happy with it,it can always be better.
I no where there r 2 1947 Chey pick ups I can get, Im drooling over buildin one,I have a SB on a motor stand I wanna drop in a Nova.
Got a fishing boat outside that needs some attention.Al in all I guess I like building stuff as much as driving it!
But in the end when something I build turns heads n I can say.
I built that car!! Makes me proud....
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I miss the old clubs ! Every month we'd meet at a different members houses for club meetings! after the meetings the guys that could would help the club member with his car or a project! Kept us all motivated! It held off the burned out feeling.

like this site it, Keeps me motivated,you help each other, kids, strangers, we become friends, Kills the bored-um in the winter, a few Squabbles (is that a word?) Ive even been in a couple of wars LOL I said the dreaded word "bump shop" , Even though I used to work at a place called "The Bump Shop" Man COLLISION SHOP GUYS ARE TOUCHY !LOL

I hope this was still on subject!!
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Me, I finish everything I start. Too many people around here don't and have every friggin excuse. I spent too much of my youth with little to no money. So, I respect the dollar. So, to leave a car in limbo is the same to me as throwing that money away. Ain't nuthin to it, but to do it. When I build a car I usually make a list of parts I know I'm going to need. Then I chase down those parts. After the list is filled, I go over it again and make sure I have everything, or as close to everything possible. Now, I make a comprehensive list on what needs to be done. I go over that list over and over. I juggle the list with the first need things towards the top. Then, I take the top ten on that list, put it on a seperate piece of paper...then organize those 10 things with the least pleasant up towards the top of my list. Then I start building. With the least pleasant things out of the way, the project gets more and more enjoyable, so work continues. Then, a second list of 10 things gets organized the same way...and so on. This works very well for me. I have a friend with a 32 truck I sold him TEN friggin yrs ago, and it just sits. He's got every damn excuse known to man. I had to do this last weekend, and that next weekend.....I told him, if he had spent a lousy hour or two a week (EASILY DONE), it'd be finished or at least driving by now
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This is the one that is getting me right now......
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This is the one that is getting me right now......
Im applauding We have 20 grand kids another on the way & 2 great grand Kids all close by but 2 of them. Were the built in baby sitters ! Just you wait!!!

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.I told him, if he had spent a lousy hour or two a week (EASILY DONE), it'd be finished or at least driving by now
if I would work 1-2 hours a day i would be done in no time
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@ Groucho.
Good for you man!
I finish evrything I start too(see my pictures)
Tomorow I gotta pull cylinder heads from 2 3412 CAT engines (each head is 325 pounds) take them out of the engine room n load them in a truck to take to machine shop, after that I gotta drop the pans n put 12 power packs in each motor(this of course takes more that just A FEW DAYS)
after days like that Im lucky to work on my own stuff more than 2 or 3 hours a day.
But I still get it done!
I just wish sometimes I had a job pushing a pencil instead of wrench!
Nah I take that back..I love what I do,just sometimes my body complains a lot.
So during the last 10 years=3 Harleys,1 1991 Corvette ,1 1990 C1500 P/U,1 1999 4by4 2 door tahoe n 1 1967 Camaro .
Built all the motors for the cars myself all but the Camaro still runnin great
All I lack on Camaro is interior,thats it,all new tin, the only thing thats old is the firewall,thats the motor in the pic above
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I think I have this. Any One else? My symptons are:
More than one project in process.
Cant stick to working on one car at a time until finished. Even though I Try.
When finished, well their never really finished, only finished enough to have all its parts attached and be drivable.
Cant finish because money is spread too thin on too many things.
Procrastinate because too many projects.
get depressed because can never finish anything.
constantly Search for more projects.
Want to buy more cars because the projects are taking so long.
Want more projects, and have great leads on real deals of special cars I want.
I could work on cars more before I had children, now I can barely get an hour clear
2 years ago, I had 8 projects. Now I'm down to 2 of my own, and 4 for others. This way I get paid, and I can alternate between vehicles as I please, or as funds permit, whatever. Doing theirs pays for mine.
Of the 2 I kept, one is my daily driver work truck, the other is my Trans Am. I know full well I won't be enjoying my T/A anytime soon, except that I really enjoy doing the work on it that I've chosen to do.
My work on my pickup is focused only on improving the towing abilities. Nothing else. This spring I'll be swapping my half-ton frame for a 3/4-ton frame, because that's 0.157" thick, versus the 0.106" it has now. Cost: $250. Great deal, right? Uses up all my vacation days at work, however.
It wasn't easy parting with my S-10 that I had swapped a V8 in, nor was it easy parting with my Mustang, nor my 300ZX. But you have to narrow it down. You can have fun with a practical choice, more fun than you're having in the situation you're in. I know, I was just like you. I regret not changing paths sooner.
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